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An emergency alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading directly for Hawaii on Saturday, which was mistakenly sent out, caused panic and outrage among celebrities, politicians, vacationers and locals.
Sent around 8 a.m., the alert, sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, read: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It took the agency 38 minutes to send a follow-up alert correcting the error.
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld said on Twitter that his wife, who was at a hotel when she received the alert, said there was “total hysteria/chaos. families evacuating told to seek a shelter. crying panic.”
Actor Jim Carrey tweeted that he “woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning.”
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis blamed the false alert on President Trump, tweeting: “The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY.”
Sen. Mazie Hironi, D-Hawaii, tweeted that she would work to find out why the alert was sent out.
Jane Bartlett Pappas, whose brother Alex Pappas is a reporter with Fox News, is on the island of Oahu and while she received an alert on her phone, no alarm system actually went off on the island.
Pappas added she didn’t receive a notification that it was false “until 30-40 minutes after the initial alert. I saw people getting into their cars and running across the street.” She also added that the beach is now “crowded with people swimming and enjoying the beautiful day!”